Changing Plans & Moving Forward // Re-Imagining The Immediate Future
Hello friends and supporters,
This week, New Light Theater Project turns seven years old. Looking back over the years, we are beyond blessed for all of the artists and theater we've had the great privilege of working with and bringing to life, and we are extremely optimistic that despite all of the mess in the world, we are going to keep marching forward for another 7.
As we enter into a new week during this unprecedented time, Mike and I would like to give an update on how COVID-19 has affected New Light and the remainder of our season:
Unfortunately, our production of Hitler’s Tasters by Michelle Kholos Brooks that was scheduled to run in LA this month, closed after four performances. This decision was sad but necessary, and our cast & team are now in safe places, scattered across the country. We are optimistic about a possible streaming option (more details soon and with permission) and discussions are already underway about bringing the show back to the west coast when this global pandemic is under control.
Looking ahead to April, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the postponement of Darkroom 16 in addition to the unannounced workshop readings of Janie Wants a Dog by Jan Rosenberg with direction by Melissa Firlit, This Wrestling Place adapted by Emma Sandall & Sarah Norris and executive produced by Ben Folds, and DIRTY DIRTY by Amy Gijbers van Wijk with direction by Lily Riopelle.
Finally, we've made the difficult decision to postpone our final show of the 2019-2020 season, and last year's New Light New Voices winning play: I Wanna F*ck Like Romeo & Juliet by Andrew Rincón with direction by Jesse Jou. We are 100% committed to sharing this beautiful story with the NYC community and are actively looking to reschedule the production in our 2020-2021 season.
Like every single artist in New York City and quite frankly, across the world, we are taking things day by day. The safety of our Collective of Resident Artists, and every other artist and team member we employ, is at the forefront of our decisions and in accordance with the CDC and NY Gov.
Thank you to everyone who has followed us and supported our endeavors over the years. We will, as we always have, continue to shed New Light even in the darkest of times. Sending love, health, & safety, wherever you may be. Sarah + Mike
If you are in a financial position to help New Light Theater Project as we plan for the coming months, we would be forever grateful.
If you have a moment, please let our legislators know the impact COVID-19 is having on the lives of artists and their work. We are optimistic that relief funds for nonprofits will be available soon, so we would appreciate if you would be willing take a moment to write them on behalf of New Light Theater Project and the NYC arts community.